Tehran, Iran – Iran announced on Monday that the 2.1 million barrels of crude oil aboard awas sold to a nameless buyer, as the ship in the midst of a crisis that plagued the region, continuing its journey into the Mediterranean.
Announcement by government spokesman Ali Rabiei is just the latest twist in the saga of Adrian Darya 1, known as Grace 1, when the authorities seized the ship off Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of targeting Syria European Union sanctions to break The British flagged oil tanker ran into difficulties due to mounting tensions between the US and Iran over the collapse of Tehran's nuclear deal with the world powers.
Rabiei declined on Monday in Tehran to name the buyer of the oil and conditions for sale. At market prices, the crude oil on board Adrian Darya would be worth about $ 130 million. Anyone who buys it is likely to be followed by US financial sanctions.
"The buyer of the oil decides where his goal is," said Rabiei in the internal affairs of others.
The imprisonment of Adrian Darya and the subsequent release by Gibraltar intensified growing tensions between Washington and Tehran after President Donaldunilaterally withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal of 2015, world powers over a year ago Concerns Concerning the Iranian Ballistic Missile Program and Regional Influence.
In the period since then, Iran has lost billions of dollars in dealings allowed under the agreement The United States imposed and escalated sanctions that largely prevented Tehran from selling crude oil abroad, a crucial source of hard currency for the Islamic Republic.
In Federal Circuit Documents Authorities claim that the true owner of Adrian Darya is the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, one paramilitary organization nization, which is subordinate only to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The US declared the Revolutionary Guard in April to be a foreign terrorist nation nation as such.
The Adrian Darya had her destination first in Kalamata (Greece) and later in Mersin (Turkey). The State Department has pressure the nations not to help the ship.
Gibraltar authorities denied attempts by the US to confiscate the oil tanker on the grounds that EU rules were less stringent than US sanctions against Iran. Tehran warned Washington of any attempt to seize the ship shortly after its release from British territory.